INNOCENCE OF A PLAGUE TALE 25
What’s Play presents 25 of the best Xbox One titles this early in 2021. All are arranged by playscore. To check out our full list, visit our page on all the best Xbox One games. 25. A Plague Tale: Innocence Opening our list is a somber reminder.
of the dark ages. It’s an adventure game that doesn’t hesitate to break our hearts when it comes to its emotional moments. With an emphasis on stealth, maneuvering across the chaotic kingdom of France is a challenge from start to finish. a playscore of 8.70/24.
A big leap from its already strong first outing, Dishonored 2 takes us once again into its gloomy, plague-infected alleys. A game with a strong focus on stealth, this sequel takes it to new lengths, rewarding experimental and creative ways to take down your targets. Stylish and brutal, it gets a play score of 8.75 out of 23. Titanfall 2 Respawn’s fast-paced first-person shooter is all about that power fantasy. Calling down a massive mechanized titan from the air is a sight to behold. While the player base isn’t as large as it was before, its online modes still offer a taste of the good times. a rating of 8.77 to 22.
Resident Evil 7, Biohazard
Before we get tortured by vampire witches in the village, we go back to the journey that started it all. A soft reboot of the famed survival horror series, 7’s first-person perspective gives it a more chilling atmosphere. a playscore of 8.77.21 The Outer Wilds Not to be mistaken with Obsidian’s “Outer Worlds,”
This “other” science fiction indie trip is best played blind. It feeds on player curiosity and encourages exploration of the far reaches of its unknown universe. It’s sometimes haunting, and its charming music and the cast of characters carry so much weight. a playscore of 8.77.20 Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Lara Croft’s modern reboot gave us a raw and personal story that was never present in the old games. This Definitive Edition is the best way to experience Lara’s first spelunking trip. It’s brutal, gorgeous, and full of potential, which resulted in two sequels. It has a play score of 8.84.
SONIC MANIA 20
Sonic Mania It’s simply the best Sonic game to date. It gave life to the dwindling quality of Sonic games in recent years. It fixes most of the issues from its old titles and adds a modern touch that’s well-suited to its growing audience. a rating of 8.81;
What remains of Edith Finch
an indie project that touched the hearts of many. Edith Finch is an emotional rollercoaster that demands an open mind to be fully immersed. As a walking simulator, it involves exploring every nook and cranny to understand each of the game’s multiple character arcs. a play rating of 8.90; 17.
Assasin’s Creed Hallelujah
One of the many Xbox systems selling titles Valhalla is the latest in the commercially successful Assassin’s Creed series, and it takes us to the Viking era. Its open-world is respectable, but its copied and pasted mechanics from previous titles are a cause for concern for these annual releases. a play score of 8.91;
Dark Souls I
The “final” Dark Souls entry really went with a bang. III steered the Soulsborne genre in the right direction. While it did have some minor flaws, it was a stellar ending to the award-winning series from Miyazaki. The only thing we need now is Elden Ring. a play score of 8.91 to 15.
Microsoft’s staple franchise, next to Halo Gears 5 is the best-looking action game that’s exclusive to their family of systems. It’s a fun game when you’re into the shooty-shooty aspect of it. It has a rating of 8.92; 14.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Kojima’s final Metal Gear game before getting kicked out of Konami While its story is a tad lacking by Kojima’s standards, it is a masterclass in game design, notably with its emergent stealth gameplay and optimized Fox Engine. a rating of 8.93; 13
Doomguy returns, and this time he’s taking his rampage to Earth. Eternal retains its satisfying moment-to-moment first-person shooter action and adds a ton of new mobility for those who found the first game slow. Become a one-man army and purge the planet of demons. a score of 8.94 to 12.
Mortal Kombat 11
Your dad’s favorite fighting game might be your favorite one now. MK11 hits all the right spots for casual and veteran fans. It’s accessible and easy to play when you’re just in it for the victory and gore. Just recently, they added a fan favorite, Mileena, to the roster as DLC. Oh, and John Rambo. a rating of 8.94 to 11
Divinity: Original Sin 2: Definitive Edition
from the PC to the consoles. Divinity is Larian Studios’ crowning jewel and a testament to their love of tabletop games. Original Sin 2 evolved in ways we didn’t even expect. It revamped most of the clunky features of the original and dove deeper into characters and storylines. a play score of 8.94 to 10.
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
With only two points ahead of Will of the Wisps, The Blind Forest felt like magic when played for the first time. It’s a gorgeous platformer that balances tense metroidvania gameplay with emotional storytelling. Admit it, you shed a tear too. a playscore of 8.96 to 9.
NieR: Automata: Become a God Edition
The ultimate NieR: Automata experience This edition contains everything we need for that sweet existential dread Yoko Taro has in store for us in this game. This includes skins and additional story modes to flesh out our favorite team of androids dreaming of electric sheep. a play rating of 9Yakuza: Like a Dragon Another Yakuza game means more crazy Japanese shenanigans. In Like a Dragon, its risky shift to turn-based combat somehow slowed the game’s pace, but the amount of content around its sprawling JRPG-based environments is sure to satisfy new and old fans of the series. a mark of 9.03
Despite the company’s controversial anti-consumer practices, Bethesda’s Fallout 4 was a fantastic open-world RPG that continued the series’ “radioactive” roots. The magic is still there, although the downgrade from its once fascinating player choices did cause some players’ eyes to roll. At least the moderators are great. a play score of 9.09.
Resident Evil 2: January 25, 2019: Survival HORROR $39.99
Resident Evil 2 The original survival horror game deserved a remake, and CAPCOM did an excellent job.More than just a visual overhaul, this remake adds new layers to both Leon and Claire. It’s still downright terrifying, and Mr. X’s relentless footsteps still haunt us to this day. a score of 9.12, 5.
Grand Theft Auto V, November 18, 2014, Action Adventure $29.99 OPEN WORLD
Grand Theft Auto V: Los Santos is still alive and kicking, and the controlled chaos is just around every corner. GTA V may be Rockstar’s most long-running game to date, but replaying Trevor, Franklin, and Michael’s stories makes it feel like it was just yesterday. a mark of 9.16.4
Forza Horizon 4
Horizons is Forza at its most versatile, and its open-world gameplay has become a staple of Microsoft’s prized racing series. It provides racing enthusiasts with a haven for arcade enjoyment and the simple joys of driving in its vast, fictionalized Great Britain. a rating of 9.16; 3.INSIDE It’s been almost 5 years since PlayDead gave us INSIDE, and to this day, part of its haunting journey is still etched in our minds. When an indie game makes it to our Top 3 games, you know it’s something special. Like Outer Wilds, INSIDE is best played blind.a score of 9.19.2.
MAY 19, 2015, ACTION THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNTOPEN WORLD RPG: $39.99
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Man was incredible.CD Projekt Red really set their own bar with this one. Geralt of Rivia’s adventures in this dark fantasy are packed with surprises. Some are upsetting, while others are amusing.a mark of 9.22
Red Dead Redemption 2
We said it once, and we’ll say it again: Red Dead 2 is the gold standard when it comes to open-world games. Arthur Morgan and his roving band of lawless buddies felt like real people with real problems. From the moment you mount your horse, you can pretty much do everything a cowboy can do. a playscore of 9.37